Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick jokingly call themselves “The Real Heroes Here” in Deadpool‘s opening credits, but it’s not entirely inaccurate. The writing team, who just picked up a job with Zombieland 2, stuck with Deadpool through six long years. But they almost weren’t around to see how their script was pulled off.
Apparently, Deadpool‘s budget was so tight that Fox wasn’t willing to pay up to have them on set. But, talking on Geeking Out, they revealed that once again, the production was saved by Ryan Reynolds:
Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there, we were on the project for six years. It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller. Fox, interestingly, wouldn’t pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket.
To be fair, this is Hollywood where writers are cheap. Reynolds probably hires the screenwriter of Green Lantern to pick up his dry cleaning. Still, it’s a nice touch, and not the first story of Reynolds putting his money where his fanboy love is. Just ask Bea Arthur’s agent or any of the fans he’s helped out. It did pay off in the end: Deadpool grossed three-quarters of a billion dollars at the box office. Hopefully, though, Reynolds won’t have to pay for the writers to be on set when Deadpool 2 starts filming next year.